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Queensland government pledges to end reliance on coal-fired power by 2035

Graham Readfearn and Ben Smee report in The Guardian (28.9.22) on the Palaszczuk government’s announcement of a new $62bn energy plan for Queensland, with the Premier saying the state is facing a ‘climate emergency’.

‘Queensland will end its reliance on coal-fired power by 2035 under a 10-year $62bn energy plan to create a clean “super-grid” of solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

‘In a historic announcement for a state known for its coal mining, the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said Queensland was facing a “climate emergency” and a bold vision was needed.

‘Palaszczuk said her government was committing an extra $4bn to transform the state’s energy system and by 2030 there would be at least 2,000 more wind turbines and 35m more solar panels in the state.

‘By 2035, there would be eight times more renewable energy generation than today. In a speech in Brisbane, she said: “It’s about changing the game. Action on climate change. Action on our economy. Action we can all take part in and action we can all be proud of. Queensland – it’s our time to shine”.’

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